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Splashcast Gives Media Player Facelift

Posted by James M. Helms on August 30, 2007

It’s true, the Splashcast player has a new look and a great feel. The old player had a lot of functionality but was lacking in a few areas.  Splashcast is a content player that you can embed on websites and blogs. You can subscribe to shows and the shows update automatically through RSS. Additionally, the player allows you to make shows with Audio, Video, Powerpoint, Photos, even documents. These changes are now in effect. In an email recieved from Splashcast they write of these changes:

“In addition to the snazzy new look, here’s a list of new features in the SplashCast player

1. Video, Audio, or Text Comments – For any item in a show, viewers can now record or upload a video or audio comment as well as leave a text comment. When comments are added, you will receive notification via email. When publishing a show from the SplashCast console, you can disable the comment feature if desired. As an added bonus, all the audio and video comments added to your channel will be available by searching the SplashCast console where you can create a “Best of Comments Show” Your viewers will love to have you feature them!

2. Easier item navigation – Whether your show has 3 or 30 items you can now start a show and quickly scroll over the item thumbnails or click a thumbnail to go directly to a particular item.

3. New captions box displays the name of each item in your show. Log in to the SplashCast console to change the names of your items. Because, ya know, “D32165” as a name is just not that catchy. As always, the player fades away after a few seconds, but if you prefer, you can always close the caption box while navigating through the items if desired.

4. Full Screen button – Right there in the player! No need to create your own “full view” link anymore.

5. Pause/Play button – Pause actually pauses everything now… even background music.

6. Send button – Email friends and family a link directly to your favorite item or to an entire show.

7. Follow Me – Family, friends and fans can now “follow you”. No… these aren’t stalkers. These are people who want to be notified via email whenever you publish a new show. This is for those folks who haven’t caught the RSS fever yet. By clicking the button on bottom right you can access the new “follow me” link.”

If you are interested in seeing the player in action you should check it out at Splashcast. Or click through to my homepage.You can read their own blog post by following this link. In addition to the player they have been gaining momentum with their customized facebook player. For more information you can learn more here.

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Video Functionality By Splashcast Media

Posted by James M. Helms on July 22, 2007

I would assume that many of you have not heard about Splashcast media.So I wanted to show you guys a simple example of what can be done while using their awesome player. Mixed media is possible with this unit. Documents, PowerPoint’s, photos, audio, rss, you can upload them all. Check it out. After clicking on the screen (activating it) you are able to access all of the shows under the channel guide. There are multiple shows to see too. Either let the player change automatically or find them all by clicking on the arrows in the upper right hand corner. Forget having multiple players all over you page. All shows are accessed through this one display. Pretty cool huh? I need to start adding some of my own content to really personalize it.
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Video, Images, Podcasts, Documents, All in one…

Posted by James M. Helms on June 25, 2007

I have been checking out the media player called SplashCast. This player “enables anyone to create streaming media ‘channels’ that combine video, music, photos, narration, text and RSS feeds.” I by no means am an expert on the technology behind SplashCast but from my very limited perspective I have to say that it is pretty cool. The technology is an aggregator of media and it allows you to display all of the media on one simple interface.

I have just compiled a few pictures and uploaded them Click Here to view the SplashCast interface on my site. The process is very easy and user friendly. If I wanted to add a podcast, video, or document I could have. Likewise you are able to subscribe to other feeds. Each feed is viewable from a drop down menu on the face of the player.

I am interested in hearing what you think about SplashCast. I know that it has been around for awhile but it isn’t getting as much attention as it should. Why is that?

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The Evolution of Video

Posted by James M. Helms on June 24, 2007

As technology continues to advance there is a growing demand for video as a tool for conveying information. Previously downloading a video took a lot of time. Now the technology has started to catch up to demand and platforms are utilizing the technology more and more. The increasing use of video as a method for conveying information is leveling the playing field for large and small businesses.

In the past people obtained their news from T.V. or radio. The cost of broadcasting over the airwaves was prohibitive for small business. That is not the case anymore. Businesses of any size can reach a huge potential customer base at a fraction of the cost.

Advances in technology also allow for video to be used in ways that before were not cost effective. What are some other uses of video that you can you think of?

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